The Larco Museum
In 2017 the Larco Museum won Trip Advisors award for the top 25 museums in the world. The Larco Museum (Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera) is a privately-owned museum of pre-Columbian art that is well worth a visit. If you have a chance to get to Guayacamin in Quito then they are worth comparing. The Larco museum is housed in an 18th-century vice-royal structure that has been built on top of a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid.
1. Get in touch with more than 5000 years of ancient Peruvian history and the intimate bond that existed between pre-Columbian societies and the natural world.
2. Wander around the exceptional gardens that adorn every corner of the Larco Museum. The garden is a true colorful festival of perfumes and colors that is uniquely Peruvian.
3. Grab a lunch bite at the Larco Museum’s café, a peaceful epicurean treasure surrounded by flowers and hanging plants. The walls are covered with colorful bougainvillea lining the entire path down to the restaurant area. The food is a good as the location.
4. Investigate the architecture of this18th-century colonial mansion built on the ruins of a 7th-century pyramid.
5. Discover the pre-Columbian pottery collection that evokes desire, attraction and the coming together of the opposing yet complementary forces that enable life to endlessly regenerate. The Erotica room is unique to museums worldwide.
Barranco area of Lima
Top 5 things to do in Barranco
1. Experience the Bajada de los Baños a walkway that connects Barranco to the Pacific ocean. It was originally used by fishermen coming down from Surco, to the beaches of Barranco. The slopes of the cliffs still have some preserved old wooden ranches, some converted to restaurants and bars.
2. Walk Across the Puente de Los Suspiros (The Bridge of Sighs) . Anthough there is no longer water running under the bridge, it was originally built in 1876 to connect two sides of gorge. It remains a favorite place for couples visiting the area and for artists, composers and writers to be inspired.
3. Visit an Art Gallery or Museum. Barranco is known for its art galleries and Peru’s well-known artists.
4. Have a drink and live like a local. Barranco is home to some of the trendiest bars in Lima. Try out Ayuahuasca or Victoria Bar, both bars are housed in colonial mansions that have be transformed into very impressive lounges. You won’t want to miss out on their Pisco Sours.
5. Gawk at the sunset. Lima is the only capital city in the World that lies along the Pacific coast. Take advantage of Barranco’s beautiful boardwalk to watch the colorful sunsets Lima offers.